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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The close-to-the-ground nature of the Ferus 2 makes it ideal for minimalist runners and those who want to mimic a barefoot running experience.
  • The oblique shape of the toe box makes it comfortable for runners to splay their toes more naturally as they run, according to a few testers.
  • Added cushioning is provided by a really comfortable sock liner based on a couple of comments.
  • The zero drop keeps the runners’ feet in a balanced state, maintaining the natural stance of the foot.
  • The X-shaped lugs in the outsole unit are able to provide grip, even in wet or on muddy surfaces.
  • The Evo Ferus 2 has a very light weight.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who complained that the lacing system was a bit slippery, that they weren’t able to hold together well.
  • Some of the testers noted that a waterproofing mechanic is a definite must-have for this series.
  • Others thought that it needed more cushioning to fully carry the foot on many types of surfaces.

Bottom line

The Wave Evo Ferus 2 from Mizuno is a reliable running shoe that is lightweight and durable. Its minimalist vibe keeps things near the ground, but the experience is well-balanced.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 78 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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90 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    All in all I have to say that the Mizuno Ferus has been quite a pleasant surprise. If you’re in the market for a low-profile, zero drop road-to-trail shoe it’s definitely worth a look!

  • 90 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    As a trail shoe, it is almost perfect. No small debris coming into the shoe or stuck on the outsole. Traction on the trails is much better than the Wave EVO Levitas including down hills when you get tired and heel strike a bit.

  • 85 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • The Running Shoe Review • Level 3 expert

    With a forefoot wave, and X shaped lugs, you're going to be very sure footed. 

  • 89 / 100 by Helen Duarts • Lilian Mira Wiltshire • Level 1 expert

    These offer enough room for all my toes, and allow them to spread just a little when I'm running, and I have had no issues with my little toes in the 65 miles I've put on them since my purchase.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus 2

  • New Balance made a couple of changes in the 2nd version of the EVO Ferus to keep up with its road counterpart in the EVO Levitas. For this trail-specific shoe that can also adequately handle the road, the most significant update is found in the outsole. The new model features the multi-directional Active-X outsole or the new lugs in the underfoot. These lugs are bigger in the central region of the forefoot and the midfoot. It is an update that is designed to improve the shoe’s bite on the rugged trail with decent road grip as well.
  • The upper gets a makeover as well with a new breathable mesh in a near-seamless construction. There are no more stitched overlays except the ones found in the heel. Without so much as a stitch for the majority of the areas, runners should have substantially lesser risks of having irritations or hot spots.

Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus 2 size and fit

The fit is quite standard in the Ferus 2 just like the past version. It has a spacious heel that is not clumsy at all while the midfoot is securely locked in. The Oblique Toe Shape of the forefoot gives it a generous space for the toes to splay. New Balance also kept the size of the original model in the new edition. It runs a little longer than usual. Runners may have to go half a size down for their best fit. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The Active-X outsole or the x-tread configuration delivers versatile traction. With the updated version of bigger lugs in the main section of the midfoot and forefoot, runners are assured of a more reliable and stable grip on the trails. A very durable carbon rubber covers the entire underfoot for a long-lasting performance.


Midsole

Mizuno’s proprietary AP+ midsole offers a superb combination of responsive cushioning and durability. It occupies the whole length of the shoe for consistent cushioning from the heel to the forefoot.


Upper

The AirMesh covers a majority of the upper section for above-average breathability. An Active-X upper of the security of the midfoot as it is directly connected to the midsole works in tandem with the outsole for a supportive and stable run on uneven trail surfaces. A traditional lace-up closure finishes the deal in the upper.